Posted on May 12th, 2019
Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, this week demonstrated the trans-Pacific capability of its newly FAA-certified Citation Latitude between the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii. The flights follow other recent successful transcontinental missions on the aircraft, including the first trans-Atlantic crossing in May and nonstop U.S. coast-to-coast flights earlier this month.
“With certification achieved, we see the Citation Latitude demonstrating its impressive capabilities and performance during common customer missions,” said Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing. “Not only does this aircraft have exceptional mission capability, the all-new cabin experience allows passengers to take advantage of maximum comfort and productivity as they enjoy the flat cabin floor and six-foot-high cabin. Combined with its midsize acquisition price and low operating costs, the Latitude provides unmatched value and comfort for customers in the midsize class.”
The Citation Latitude flew a crew of two pilots and five passengers on the 2,147-nautical-mile trip from Santa Barbara, Calif. (KSBA) to Maui, Hawaii (PHOG), making a direct climb to 43,000 feet and total flight time of 5 hours 45 minutes, which included a 17 minute hold prior to arrival. On return, the aircraft covered an impressive 2,473-nautical-mile direct flight from Maui to Scottsdale, Ariz. (KSDL) in 5 hours 45 minutes. On both the outbound and return trips, the Latitude had fuel reserves far exceeding NBAA IFR reserves.
The Hawaii mission took place on the heels of impressive coast-to-coast trips earlier this month. The Citation Latitude flew the nonstop 2,442-nautical-mile trip from Santa Barbara (KSBA) to Bangor, Maine (KBGR), making a direct climb to 45,000 feet; its nonstop return flight to San Diego, Calif. (KSAN) covered 2,397 nautical miles.
The Andrew Winch Design firm has a well-earned reputation for designing the interiors of some of the most stunning superyachts in the world. But as I learned during a recent visit to this London-based studio on the banks of the Thames, ultra-luxurious superyacht interiors are only the beginning. In fact, Winch’s studio walls were adorned with photographs and renderings of their recent design projects that range from yachts (interiors and exteriors) to some of the world’s most expensive private residences, and an impressive array of private aircraft too.
And while I learned that each project is fascinating enough to fill an entire book (actually, the firm’s attention to detail is so high, and the projects are so involved they usually present a coffee-table quality book they’ve created to each client that chronicles the design process when the project is complete), it was the exuberant exterior styling of their recently-announced “Project Mayfair” private jet design that really grabbed my attention.
Embraer’s new Legacy 500 is cleared to operate in China after the country’s civil aviation authority issued type-certificate validation on July 24. Chinese movie star Jackie Chan, who is a brand ambassador for the Brazilian manufacturer, is set to take delivery of the first of the super-midsize jets to be based in China by year-end.